Pregnant women and their babies in utero are especially vulnerable to the flu. The Infertility Doctor recommends that all of his patients trying to get pregnant – or who are pregnant – get a flu shot. Complications from the flu can be serious to a woman undergoing infertility treatment.
Fertility Treatment and Flu Risk
As reported by NPR on October 21, 2019, healthy pregnant women are more prone to complications and hospitalization if they contract the flu and are strongly urged by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and OB-GYNs to get vaccinated against both influenza and pertussis. Unfortunately the majority of mothers-to-be surveyed in the United States — 65% — have not been immunized against those two illnesses, according to a recent CDC Vital Signs report.
Some women mistakenly worry that the flu vaccine isn't safe for them or their babies.
The evidence is clear: The vaccine is extremely safe for a developing fetus. When a pregnant woman is immunized, antibodies that fight the flu virus cross the placenta and can protect her baby in those critical months before and after birth.
Other At Risk Adults
Patients hospitalized for the flu suffer from at least one underlying chronic condition.
- Diabetes – HIV – Cancer
- Lung condition
- Kidney disorder
- Liver disorder
A patient with an underlying lung condition who contracts the flu can risk the virus going directly to the lung – making breathing difficult. Chronic health conditions that impair the immune system – diabetes, HIV, cancer – impairs a patient’s natural response to fight the flu virus without a shot. Inflammation and infection become more severe.
When a woman cannot conceive naturally – or – carry a pregnancy to full term, she must be proactive with her female fertility health. There is no reason to remain in denial of her predicament. Infertility is a medical condition that is treatable – it is not a social stigma.
The World health Organization defines infertility as a disease of the reproductive system. Infertility affects one in eight couples. The shame and social stigma of infertility must be knocked down with knowledge and prompt medical attention. Click Here to watch The Infertility Doctor’s recent webinar covering the top causes of female infertility.
- Female Age and Ovarian Reserve (egg supply)
- Ovulation Disorder (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome - PCOS)
- Ovulation Disorders (Hypothalamic - Pituitary - Thyroid - Adrenal)
- Tubal and Pelvic Factors
- Lifestyle Factors (Weight - Nutrition - Smoking - Exercise)
- 40 percent of infertility cases are due to female-factors
- 40 percent of infertility cases are due to male-factors
- 20 percent of infertility cases are due to both male and female factors
Female Infertility Factors
A woman’s fertility challenges are caused by a wide range of medical conditions hindering her reproductive system.
- Diminished Ovarian Reserve (due to natural aging)
- Ovulation Disorders (Hypothalalamic – Pituitary- Thyroid – Adrenal)
- Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
- Tubal Factors (blocked Fallopian tubes)
- Pelvic Factors
- Uterine Factors
- Embryo Implantation Failure
- Lifestyle Factors (Obesity – Poor Nutrition – Smoking – Lack of Exercise)
These medical conditions require specialized medical attention. Do not ignore or downplay a medical diagnosis that can have harsh consequences in the future when you decide to start a family – and cannot.
The Compassionate Fertility Doctor
It is important to work with a compassionate fertility doctor having over 35 years of clinical diagnostic and successful treatment experience.
Dr. Laurence A. Jacobs has two beautiful office located in Hoffman Estates IL and Buffalo Grove IL. Dr. Jacobs is the Senior Doctor at Fertility Centers of Illinois and has privileges in 10 fertility clinic locations and 2 IVF centers located in the Chicagoland area. After you consult with Dr. Jacobs, you can choose from all convenient locations to pursue your customized IVF treatment plan.
Click the icon below to schedule your consultation with Dr. Laurence Jacobs – or – call 888.325.7389.